Tales from the Trail

The twisted tales of political polling

By Arlene Getz
July 29, 2015

How much credence should we place in the Campaign 2016 polls that put Donald Trump in the Republican lead? They may be useful–especially in determining who takes part in the televised debates–but they don’t tell the whole story. Remember, for example, that it was Michelle Bachmann whose short-term lead in the 2012 race for the White House proved to be a mere blip before she withdrew from the race.

Donald the unsmiling

By Arlene Getz
July 29, 2015


Donald Trump shows a lot of anger. But he’s plenty sad for such a rich guy too, writes facial coding expert Dan Hill. “Trump almost never smiles except to employ skepticism” notes Hill. “It’s like Pixar’s new film Inside Out, which animates a little girl’s five core emotions — joy, anger, disgust, fear and sadness. Kill off joy (or happiness), and you begin to get the picture when it comes to Trump.”

From rally to rally, podium to podium

By Arlene Getz
July 29, 2015

Yes, there are pantsuits to wear. And babies to kiss. And corn to buy as you schmooze with the locals. If you’ve ever wondered about life for a frontrunning presidential candidate, take a look at our slideshow of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.

And the leader of the poll pack ….

July 27, 2015

When it comes to the polls, Donald Trump is the man of the moment. The outspoken presidential aspirant moved to the top of the 2016 Republican presidential field in a CNN poll released on Sunday.  A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found a similar surge for Trump, with the businessman surging into the lead for his party’s nomination. The survey found that he had  almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service.  Significantly, support for Trump fell sharply on the one night that voters were surveyed by the Washington Post-ABC following those comments.

Are we an electorate or are we an audience?

July 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a news conference near the U.S.-Mexico border outside of Laredo, Texas July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Meet the mystery mind selling Jeb Bush

July 27, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks during a town hall meeting campaign stop at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, Massachusetts July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Graham gets mad. But is this the way to get even?

By Alana Wise
July 22, 2015

  Graham attacks his cell phone

Take that, Trump. Lindsey Graham in his cell phone video. REUTERS/Screengrab


It took 12 phones and two hours of filming a 1-minute video for Republican candidate Lindsey Graham to hit back at White House rival Donald Trump leaking Graham’s private cell number at a rally.

Christie’s musical flip flop

July 22, 2015
New Jersey Governor Christie gives news conference in Trenton

Christie (L) at a news conference; Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit concert for Sandy victims in New York on Dec. 12, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (L) and Lucas Jackson

from The Great Debate:

What the latest presidential polls tell us – hint, it’s not who’s going to win

By Bill Schneider
July 21, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young